Natural remedy for stinging nettle?

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I have lots in my backyard. They hate me and I hate them. When I get stung, if I don't put something on it immediately, it can go on stinging until the next day.
 

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The 2nd day isn't as bad as the first, but the area is sure tender to the touch and yes, it still stings a little.

You would think I would learn to put my gloves on. But noooooooo, I am thinking I will just pull these weeds and I will be okay. HA!
 

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Gloves? Here it was a case of "once bit, no more weeding!" :lol: Now and then I go at them with the spade, just to remind them that I hate them, but apart from that I'm staying well away.
 

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:lol:

I like feeling the dirt with my bare hands. Gloves are cumbersome unless you are playing softball. I know, I am weird. ;)
 

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Am I the luckiest person alive that I don't really know what stinging nettles are? I mean, I've heard of them but I don't know what they look like and I've certainly never encountered them.

I've never been stung for my whole life until yesterday lol!
 

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Nettles hate me with a passion and the feeling's mutual. I brought some ointment from south africa that takes the sting out quickly. Ingredients here if anyone wants to try and make some: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zam-Buk It's wonderful relief for insect bites too.

Okay thanks for sharing! I'll take a look at it!
 

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I have lots in my backyard. They hate me and I hate them. When I get stung, if I don't put something on it immediately, it can go on stinging until the next day.

Mine ends in 5 minutes, but that doesn't mean it still STINGS LIKE HELL!
 

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:lol:

I like feeling the dirt with my bare hands. Gloves are cumbersome unless you are playing softball. I know, I am weird. ;)

Nope, you're not the only one ;)
 

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@TexasLisa, I also very rarely use gloves, summer in the dirt or winter when it's cold.
@DarkRaven, I just got stung recently too. I got a nice big handful of the weed and pulled. I held my hand in cold milk. I couldn't think of anything faster at the time. (sorry, probably doesn't help your legs) I could definitely still feel it the next day, but not like the first few minutes. (Is it reeeeally ONLY 5-10 minutes of stinging?? It sure feels a lot longer than that!) I've dealt with the other kind of nettles before, and they're a nuisance, but as far as I can remember, this was my first encounter with the stinging nettles.
 

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@TexasLisa, I also very rarely use gloves, summer in the dirt or winter when it's cold.
@DarkRaven, I just got stung recently too. I got a nice big handful of the weed and pulled. I held my hand in cold milk. I couldn't think of anything faster at the time. (sorry, probably doesn't help your legs) I could definitely still feel it the next day, but not like the first few minutes. (Is it reeeeally ONLY 5-10 minutes of stinging?? It sure feels a lot longer than that!) I've dealt with the other kind of nettles before, and they're a nuisance, but as far as I can remember, this was my first encounter with the stinging nettles.

Some nettles sting longer than others- you see, once I got stung, it lasted 5-10 mins. Another time, it looked spikier and it was a bigger patch, it stung me and it lasted 1 DAY!

lol I wouldn't put my legs in cold milk!!
 
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